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4:11 pm on Mar 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google's popular map portal has replaced post-Hurricane Katrina satellite imagery with pictures taken before the storm, leaving locals feeling like they're in a time loop and even fueling suspicions of a conspiracy.

Scroll across the city and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and everything is back to normal: Marinas are filled with boats, bridges are intact and parks are filled with healthy, full-bodied trees.

"Come on," said an incredulous Ruston Henry, president of the economic development association in New Orleans' devastated Lower 9th Ward. "Just put in big bold this: 'Google, don't pull the wool over the world's eyes. Let the truth shine.'"

Google Slips Back to Pre-Katrina Maps [boston.com]

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Other news reports cite possible Congressional hearings to the matter.

Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill.

So what? A mistake was made. Only the most intellectually challenged among us would think this a conspiracy to play down the plight of New Orleans.

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I really have a ton of sympathy for Google on this one. They went way above and beyond to deliver a fantasitic service to the world. Then get critisized when changes were made. I think it was more a case of congressmen who - once again - couldn't understand the technology behind what was going on.

I still think Google Maps is Google's best product to date. Even better than the search engine itself. Hardly a day goes by when I don't use that service and marvel at how easy it is to use.

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Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill.

So what? A mistake was made. Only the most intellectually challenged among us would think this a conspiracy to play down the plight of New Orleans.


I really have a ton of sympathy for Google on this one. They went way above and beyond to deliver a fantasitic service to the world. Then get critisized when changes were made. I think it was more a case of congressmen who - once again - couldn't understand the technology behind what was going on.

i haven't heard anyone admit to any mistakes.
nor have i heard a single authoritative explanation for the change - technological, political or otherwise.
i'm trying to imagine how you could get back to the archived versions of the map without going way out of your way.
all of which merely begs the question of how or why.
i do think it is worthy to note that mr Chikai Ohazama, a Google Inc. product manager for satellite imagery, studiously avoided excluding the federal government from the change request.

by the way, i viewed those images a year ago september and there were no problems with resolution or quality.

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google "found" some better aerial photos from 2006 and updated the db sunday night:
[googleblog.blogspot.com...]
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all of which merely begs the question of how or why.

My house, which was under construction almost 2 years ago, still shows on Google Earth in the framing stage. It has been completed for over a year.

How and why am I being victimized by Google?

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> i'm trying to imagine how you could get back to the
> archived versions of the map without going way out of your way.

The way i read it, better maps from that pre katrina area became available. eg: it was a southern update. I can only imagine it updated older maps around the south.

Are they also saying that the maps were still available at the alternative katrina url?

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I can only imagine it updated older maps around the south.

Makes sense...I live in the southeastern US.

 

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